Seahawks’ Hamlin in ICU after altercation

first_img “Right now, he is awake intermittently and talking to us,” Herring said. “We’re going to need more time to see if there is residual problems from bruising of the brain.” He said the most pressing concern whether the blood clot grows. — Ken Hamlin of the Seattle Seahawks was in serious but stable condition with head injuries Monday following an early morning fight outside a nightclub. Hamlin was involved in an altercation with two men who were not in custody, according to police. He had a fractured skull, a small blood clot and bruising of the brain tissue, and would remain in intensive care for the next day or two, team physician Stan Herring said. — Mayor Phil Hardberger reiterated his resolve to bring the Saints to San Antonio permanently, saying he wanted to close the deal before next season begins. Hardberger, part of a sellout crowd at the Saints-Falcons game Sunday in San Antonio, said Sunday that Saints owner Tom Benson agreed to serious talks with him, probably at the end of this season. Damage to the Superdome by Hurricane Katrina prompted the Saints to practice in San Antonio and play three games in the city’s 65,000-seat Alamodome. Four other games were moved to Baton Rouge, La., where ticket sales have been sluggish. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Linebacker Tedy Bruschi is ready to play football again, just eight months after a mild stroke left him unsure whether his life would ever return to normal. The 32-year-old defensive captain of the Patriots said he’ll practice with the team Wednesday after doctors cleared him. Just 10 days before the stroke, Bruschi intercepted a pass in New England’s second straight Super Bowl victory last Feb. 6. Coach Bill Belichick will decide when to use him in a game, but Bruschi said he has no doubt it will be this season. Belichick said it’s possible Bruschi will play in the Patriots’ next game against Buffalo on Oct. 30 after a bye next weekend. TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calvin Pace is out for the season after cutting his arm while falling through a window at his home over the weekend, coach Dennis Green said. The accident occurred at Pace’s condominium in Atlanta on Saturday night. The Cardinals had a bye last week and players had Saturday and Sunday off. Pace underwent surgery at an Atlanta Hospital. Pace was one of two first-round draft picks for Arizona in 2003, the 18th selection overall. He started all 16 games as a rookie, but was replaced when Green took over as coach in 2004. He had eight tackles and three sacks this season in a reserve role. HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Jets center Kevin Mawae is out for the season after tearing his left triceps, coach Herman Edwards said Monday. The six-time Pro Bowl selection had started 177 straight games, third among active players behind Packers quarterback Brett Favre (210) and Chiefs guard Will Shields (196) over the course of his 10-year career. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week According to a police report, Hamlin, a safety, and his girlfriend were leaving the club at about 2 a.m. Monday, several hours after the Seahawks defeated the Houston Texans on Sunday night. The girlfriend told officers that Hamlin placed his hand on another man’s back and said, “Excuse me.” The man told Hamlin to stop pushing, and the two men began shoving each other. Hamlin then punched the man in the face. Another man struck Hamlin with his forearm, knocking him down, before the two men began fighting with other men nearby, the report said. Other witnesses said one of the men hit Hamlin with some sort of street sign. Witnesses provided the names of two men to police but they were not in custody, Seattle police spokeswoman Debra Brown said Monday. SAN ANTONIO last_img read more